SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, March 28

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 1:30-4 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the Heart Lake Trail trailhead.

Normally, the group picks the trail on the day of the hike, but occasionally a trail is picked before the event. SAIL makes trekking poles available for hikers to use (trekking poles are great on ice or uneven terrain, and they help seniors keep their balance), and hikers are encouraged to bring ice cleats such as YakTrax during the icy months of winter.

SAIL offers Senior Hiking Club events for those age 60 or older once a month, usually on the second or third Thursday. There is a $5 fee, but nobody will be turned away because of finances. The hikes are open to people of all abilities and fitness levels. To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, check out our January 2013 post introducing the club.

In addition to this week’s senior hike, there is a senior kayaking pool training event from 12:45-3 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at the Blatchley Swim Pool. This event has a $5 fee.

To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, senior and adaptive kayaking trips, senior cycling events, and and a variety of other outdoors skills and survival classes, contact SAIL ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program coordinator Joel Hanson at 747-6859 or email him at jhanson@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for March 2019

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SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, March 14

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 1:30-3 p.m. (note time change) on Thursday, March 14. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the Cross Trail trailhead. In addition, there will be a yoga session from 3-4 p.m. at Yoga Union right after the hike.

Normally, the group picks the trail on the day of the hike, but occasionally a trail is picked before the event. SAIL makes trekking poles available for hikers to use (trekking poles are great on ice or uneven terrain, and they help seniors keep their balance), and hikers are encouraged to bring ice cleats such as YakTrax during the icy months of winter.

SAIL offers Senior Hiking Club events for those age 60 or older once a month, usually on the second or third Thursday. There is a $5 fee, but nobody will be turned away because of finances. The hikes are open to people of all abilities and fitness levels. To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, check out our January 2013 post introducing the club.

In addition to this week’s senior hike, there are a couple of other activities for seniors. From 1:30-3 p.m. on Friday, March 15, there is a tea and games social at the Swan Lake Senior Center. This event is free. Also, from 10:45 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 20, there is a senior swimming session at the Blatchley Middle School Swim Pool. There is a $5 fee for this event.

To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, senior and adaptive kayaking trips, senior cycling events, and and a variety of other outdoors skills and survival classes, contact SAIL ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program coordinator Joel Hanson at 747-6859 or email him at jhanson@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for March 2019